can hardly believe it (but it's happened before)

To: Shirley Cook <>, Steve Potter <>, Tony Russell <>, Greg Little <>, Alan McBride <>, 'Dave Torr' <>, Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: can hardly believe it (but it's happened before)
From: Charles Hunter <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 04:28:29 -0700 (PDT)
An old thread but thought it was worth adding an excerpt from a book I am 
reading at the moment called A Bird in the Bush,  a social history of 
birdwatching by Stephen Moss. On page 193.
The text is by Denis Summers-Smith (an 'amateur' ornithologist) in his New 
Naturalist monograph, The House Sparrow (written circa 1945).
"The peculiar difficulty of the house sparrow is its predilection for occupied 
buildings, the occupiers of which at times resent being looked at through 
binoculars....the problem was largely overcome by carrying out most of my 
observations on houses in the early hours of the morning before my neighbours 
had risen, though on occasions when they did get up early their suspicions were 
even greater and led once to a visit from the police. Another time.....I was 
questioned by the police when I was carrying out a census in a village where I 
was not too well known. Both times, I must say, they were most courteous and 
sympathetic once I had overcome their initial disbelief".
The book is worth a read.
Charles Hunter
Paddington, Sydney

--- On Sun, 11/4/10, Denise Goodfellow <> wrote:

From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: can hardly believe it
To: "Shirley Cook" <>, "Steve Potter" 
<>, "Tony Russell" <>, "Greg Little" 
<>, "Alan McBride" <>, "'Dave Torr'" 
Cc: "Birding Aus" <>, 
Received: Sunday, 11 April, 2010, 9:20 AM

You're right, Shirley.  If I didn't know Tony better, I start to wonder
about him!
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
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on 8/4/10 7:17 AM, Shirley Cook at  wrote:

> Careful, you are all sounding a bit like a certain pollie!
> Shirley Cook
> Secretary/Treasurer
> Birds Australia (Northern NSW)

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